Whether as a fun addition to your charity event or as a standalone fundraiser, charity raffles never get old. So if you can get a nice selection of prizes at low or no cost, why not organize one?
Since a raffle may be seen as a form of gambling, check if you need to apply for permission or get a license. Once that is dealt with, you can get started!
Charity Raffle Prizes
There are many ways of getting prizes for your raffle. You can ask family, friends, group members and colleagues to donate stuff – from books to clothing, framed paintings to old radios, everybody’s got a collection of things they don’t use.
You can also ask local businesses to chip in. Maybe they’ll give you a pack of promotional goodies you can use as consolation gifts – or maybe they’ll donate the car that’s going to become your grand prize.
What about other institutions? A ticket to the zoo, a newspaper subscription or a trial membership with the Y are great prizes, too!
Once you’ve got your prizes, you’re ready to prepare the raffle tickets.
There are different ways of organizing these. One option is to sell tickets from a block. Participants get to choose their own numbers and keep one half of the ticket, while you retain the other half to put it into the lottery wheel.
Alternatively, you can ask participants to write their name and contact address on tickets. Once your ticket-selling time is up, you’ll draw the winners.
Another option is to decide a certain number of tickets right from the start. In this case, you have to determine a ratio between winning tickets and blanks to give you the amount of tickets you need. Tickets are then printed with either a number or none, and are sold rolled up. That way, players will know immediately after opening their ticket whether they’ve won anything.
Tickets can be sold at a specific event or over a longer period of time, to friends and family or door to door. Maybe the businesses who donated prizes will take a certain contingent of tickets to sell to their customers or employees, too. There are many ways of handling those tickets – choose whichever works best for you!
You can buy pre-printed raffle tickets or print them yourself; choose the option that works best for the type of raffle you’re running.
And the Winner Is…
Whether you draw the winning numbers from a bucket or sell predetermined tickets, you’ll need some way of letting your winners get their prizes.
If your raffle is part of a larger event, you can put up a stall where winners can pick up prizes or leave their name and address for delivery. You can also call winners onto the stage when you’re drawing the tickets.
Alternatively, you can publish a list of winning numbers in the newspaper, in a newsletter or on your group’s website, and ask winners to contact you in order to collect their prize. Again, decide for the way that’s easiest for you.
Get the Word Out!
While you’re selling those tickets, make sure that everybody knows about your raffle. Consider putting up posters to raise awareness. If you have particularly attractive prizes, like a TV set or candlelight dinner, make sure to advertise those!
Also remember to thank your generous donors – your raffle wouldn’t be possible without them.